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Montana Governor, Industry Reps Respond to Coal Moratorium

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No surprise here: reps from Montana, one of the leading coal producers in the U.S., has spoken out against the Obama Administration’s coal lease moratorium.

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Utahns’ memories not that short

Rural Utahns are awaiting the results from a second request for records from the Obama Administration regarding an inventory of 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 Western states. The inventory’s purpose was to determine the studied lands’ qualifications as future national monuments.

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The Sick and the Well, Part II: Perspective

I carried a quarter-sized kidney stone inside me for about a year because the trucking company I was driving for only offered pretend insurance. When I learned how much it was going to cost me to have the stone zapped with sound waves and how little of the expense my company would pay, I put the operation off. Then a study came out showing a lithotripsy could damage the pancreas and help precipitate diabetes. I already suffer from boughts of reactive hypoglycemia and have been told by doctors my condition is “pre-diabetic.” I wasn’t interested in further damaging my pancreas, and I delayed the operation even longer.

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Country Music Votes for President

So this morning, as I'm getting ready to head to the polls, I get curious about country music and the presidential election right here and right now on Election Day. The perception is still pretty strong that the Republicans have the lion's share of the country music support, but what's the reality? Now, between voting and getting to work on time, I didn't have a whole heck of a lot of time to put into this, so I turned to the poor man's Gallup poll, my old friend Mr. Google. I punched in a few different variations of search words and let the old Boolean algorithm go to work.

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The Sick and the Well

McCain and Obama offer stark choices for improving our broken healthcare system. McCain suggests a small tax credit that might begin to bring some healthcare costs down and Obama wants a systematic political overhaul, which will ultimately result in some rationing. Both plans are especially unpalatable in the West, where most people would prefer to pay fair market prices for individual medical services. But the political system that should be abetting the market in delivering fair prices has been manipulated by special interests to the point where most health care is out of reach of most individuals.

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The Election: Views from the Long Tail

I was in Denver while the DNC was running its course but I literally steered clear of the main event. When the helicopters began circling like flies and cops with radar guns took up positions on every on/off ramp east of town, and the traffic slowed until it was stuck, I drove my rig out of the city on back roads. That was my DNC experience: avoiding it.

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Obama’s Race in the West

In January the black poet Nikki Giovanni came to Boise. She was asked what Martin Luther King Jr. would do in 2008. Would he march on Washington? Protest the war in Iraq? Would he vote for Obama? “How the hell would I know?” Giovanni quipped, launching into a little poem followed by an educated guess: “Martin would have braids and a tattoo,” Giovanni says pulling up her sleeve. “Mine says ‘Thug Life.’”

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Ralph Nader: Turd in the Campaign Punch Bowl

In only 36 short weeks (longer than it takes some folks to gestate a whole baby), we’ll be electing a new president. Or, perhaps the Supreme Court will. Depends on what kind of mood Dick Cheney is in that day. I’m guessing grumpy. When you stop to think about it, we’ve had some asshole from only two families in the White House for the last 20 years. And there’s a good chance that streak could stretch to 24. Personally, I think either Hillary or Obama would do a much better job at running the country than the current Corrupter-In-Chief, who has all the political acumen and presidential respectability of Barney Fife with a snootful of meth. As we all know, this election is the Democrats’ to lose. Which they, as a party, are plenty capable of doing. But just to make sure it’s going to be a nail-biter, along comes Ralph Nader, like a herpes outbreak on prom night, to stick his dick in the mashed potatoes.

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Clinton, Obama Seek Their Inner West Leading up to Nevada Debate

It’s tough to picture any of them in boots and a hat. Scary even. But Democratic presidential hopefuls including frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have put time and money into the mountain states, particularly Nevada, in this Groundhog’s Day of a primary season. And when they descend on Denver next August for the Democratic National Convention, perhaps we will get to see them in fleece, a Nalgene bottle clipped to their belts, titanium hiking polls at the ready. “How cool would it be to do a party at REI?” asks Arizona’s Democratic Party Chief Maria Weeg, who is headed to the Democratic debate tonight in Las Vegas. She says it’s not news that Democrats are looking Westward in this election cycle. Democratic activists have long eyed the Western states as a potential “hotbed of new Democratic politics,” Weeg said.

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Westerners Holding Up in Race for Presidential Contributions

I once had a purely moralistic stance against giving money to candidates. Recently, I find myself wavering between morality, stinginess and the desire to pack my bags and move to a benevolent dictatorship in the tropics. But, my fellow western Americans, this is not the way of the West. In fact, voters in the eight states of the Mountain West have logged onto their checkbooks at a rate similar to their countrymen on the coasts. Presidential candidates took $19 million dollars out of the Western states in the first half of 2007. That is only 6.5 percent of the whopping $296 million raised by presidential contenders as of June 30. And since the Western states are home to just about 7 percent of the U.S. population, presidential candidates should be pleased with their Rocky Mountain telemarketers and e-blasters.

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